Stritch Magazine

Santa Chiara Fund scholarship recipient says, 'Thank you for investing in my future.'

Friday, January 24, 2014 4:45:00 PM

Stephanie Grepo

Cardinal Stritch University junior Stephanie Grepo is making the most of her college experience. The political science major is already quite accomplished, with no intention of slowing down.

As a high school student struggling with the impending financial challenges of college, Grepo quickly placed Stritch at the top of her list. Her mother,
Barbara Grepo, ’08, earned a nursing degree from Stritch and encouraged Grepo to learn more about the University.

“When we toured campus, I was struck by Stritch’s focus on enacting values in daily life,” Grepo said. “There is an authentic willingness to foster creativity, support new endeavors, and create a tight-knit community that encourages leadership.”

During her first two years on campus, Grepo sang in the choir, participated in student government, attended the Interfaith Leadership Trip with Rhodes Scholar Eboo Patel, and organized a three-part series to increase awareness about human trafficking. She also works at three campus jobs.

“Stritch teaches me to embody the Franciscan values,” Grepo said. “Too many leaders today are personally driven. I want to be community driven.”

A self-described “go-getter,” Grepo considers her extracurricular activities time well-invested in both the University and her own development. She is grateful she can focus on her classes and extracurricular activities instead of the burden of struggling to pay for college.

“Without the support of the Santa Chiara Fund, I would be much more stressed out, less creative, and ultimately have less time for service,” Grepo said.

Knowing how a supportive and engaged community can make all the difference, Grepo plans to earn a doctorate in political science before building a career in education or government.

“If I could say one thing to the donors who support this fund, it would be ‘thank you,’” Grepo said. “Thank you so much for investing in my future.”

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